From Gawain to the Graphic Novel: A study-day on artists and narrative


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Clive Hicks-Jenkins, The Green Knight’s Head Lives (2017)

Saturday 9 June 2018

MOMA Machynlleth

Those inspired by our 2017 conference Word and Image may be interested in an upcoming study day at MOMA Machynlleth exploring how artists engage with text. The day will feature a historical contextual introduction by Olivia Ahmad (House of Illustration), as well as talks by contemporary illustrators, publishers and artists. Please see the below flyer for more details; to book please visit and scroll down to the 9 June Study Day. 


Final Programme and Abstract Booklet

2017 Conference

We’re delighted to share the final programme and abstract booklet for the second MONC conference, Word and Image, to be held in Aberystwyth on 12-13 September.

PROGRAMME: Cliciwch yma am raglen Cymraeg. Click here to download a copy in English.

MONC Abstract booklet (bilingual)

Many thanks to Nathan Munday (Cardiff University) for providing the Welsh translation.

The conference hashtag is #monc2017 and the roundtable hashtag is #futurearthistory. Follow us on twitter for the latest updates and to take part.

Registration for the conference is now closed but free tickets for our roundtable discussion are still available here.

The conference is kindly supported by the Learned Society of Wales and Aberystwyth School of Art.

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CFP: The Second Modernist Network Cymru Conference: Word and Image

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The Second Modernist Network Cymru Conference

The Drwm, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth &
The School of Art, Aberystwyth University
12 – 13 September 2017
 Keynote speaker
Professor Tony Brown (Bangor University)

Cliciwch yma am fersiwn Cymraeg

UPDATE 01/02/2017: The deadline for proposals for the Second MONC Conference has been  extended until Friday, 24 February. Many thanks to all those who have submitted proposals so far.

Call For Papers

Few texts have combined word and image in a more striking or influential manner than Alfred Barr’s timeline of modern art. The chart first appeared on the front cover of the 1936 exhibition catalogue Cubism and Abstract Art at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; through Barr’s direction, MOMA helped to establish the narrative for artistic modernism in the 1930s. This picture has since become one of the most widely-reproduced images of modern art in the western world, one which continues to shape our understanding of modernist art history today.

For its second conference, organised in conjunction with Aberystwyth University’s David Jones Centre for Word and Image, the National Library of Wales and the Aberystwyth School of Art, Modernist Network Cymru (MONC) aims to interrogate the symbiotic relationship between the visual arts and the written word, as encapsulated in Barr’s iconic image. How did modernist artists respond to literary texts? How did writers incorporate visual elements in poetry and prose? How did author and artist collaborations arise? And how did modernist texts, from collages to magazines to scrapbooks, combine word and image in radical new ways?